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Ballymena Council Bestows Honour on Liam Neeson


factual

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I am currently in Chile - at 25 degrees C it makes a sunny change.

Anyhow........turning to the dreary spires of Fermanagh and Tyrone I see some positive news:

Liam Neeson: Hollywood A-lister, action hero... and now Freeman of Ballymena - Northern Ireland, Local & National - Belfasttelegraph.co.uk

Ballymena has bestowed an honour on Liam Neeson. The DUP have softenes their stance. Previously they refused to honour the catholic actor.

I am glad to see, 10 years on, a greater sense of maturity amongst protestants north of the border!
 
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So what's Ballymena got to do with the "dreary spires of Fermanagh and Tyrone"?
 

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So what's Ballymena got to do with the "dreary spires of Fermanagh and Tyrone"?
Refers to a quote.

Anyway, will this mean Ballymena will be twinned with Tatooine?


Portadown could be twinned with The Death Star
 

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Previously the DUP refused to honour him because he had complained about the difficulties of being Catholic in Ballymena.

However, today, 10 years on, this was a unanimous vote. That means the TUV voted for this too. And there are quite a few of those on Ballymena Council. So I think that is progress indeed, they can acknowledge that he is someone to be very proud of (that is true) even though he is (shock horror to them) a (whisper it quietly) catholic.

I interpret this as a growth of confidence and maturity.
 

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Previously the DUP refused to honour him because he had complained about the difficulties of being Catholic in Ballymena.

However, today, 10 years on, this was a unanimous vote. That means the TUV voted for this too. And there are quite a few of those on Ballymena Council. So I think that is progress indeed, they can acknowledge that he is someone to be very proud of (that is true) even though he is (shock horror to them) a (whisper it quietly) catholic.

I interpret this as a growth of confidence and maturity.
Since Liam entered the CIA,he has joined the "side of good" in the "war against terror".It was a big turn around from his days in the IRA.
 

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Since Liam entered the CIA,he has joined the "side of good" in the "war against terror".It was a big turn around from his days in the IRA.
Are you having a little difficulty telling fact from fiction there DT?;)
 

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Since Liam entered the CIA,he has joined the "side of good" in the "war against terror".It was a big turn around from his days in the IRA.
Dangerous territory there. He's a member of the rebel Alliance
Liam Neeson doesn't know you, but he will find you and he will kill you!
 

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Dangerous territory there. He's a member of the rebel Alliance
Liam Neeson doesn't know you, but he will find you and he will kill you!
He saved a lot of Jewish people in WW2 too. A top man.
 
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Previously the DUP refused to honour him because he had complained about the difficulties of being Catholic in Ballymena.

However, today, 10 years on, this was a unanimous vote. That means the TUV voted for this too. And there are quite a few of those on Ballymena Council. So I think that is progress indeed, they can acknowledge that he is someone to be very proud of (that is true) even though he is (shock horror to them) a (whisper it quietly) catholic.

I interpret this as a growth of confidence and maturity.
Naah, I put it down to him crediting Big Ian for his initial venture into performance and theatrics!
 

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I am currently in Chile - at 25 degrees C it makes a sunny change.

Anyhow........turning to the dreary spires of Fermanagh and Tyrone I see some positive news:

Liam Neeson: Hollywood A-lister, action hero... and now Freeman of Ballymena - Northern Ireland, Local & National - Belfasttelegraph.co.uk

Ballymena has bestowed an honour on Liam Neeson. The DUP have softenes their stance. Previously they refused to honour the catholic actor.

I am glad to see, 10 years on, a greater sense of maturity amongst protestants north of the border!


Neeson should have told them to stick their dopey award where the sun don't shine.................end of.
 

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Quite sad, on Holiday and still posting. is there no bars open yet out there.
Anyway good man Liam and I believe this is an old story as I think i read about this months ago about him geting an award from Ballymena council.
 

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Quite sad, on Holiday and still posting. is there no bars open yet out there.
Anyway good man Liam and I believe this is an old story as I think i read about this months ago about him geting an award from Ballymena council.


What credible award could a bunch of sectarian bigots bestow on anyone?
 

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Always preferred Brendan Behan's discription of Donegal, meself
 

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I always took that to be about Fermanagh and Tyrone.
Here is what Churchill said:

Then came the Great War: Every institution, almost, in the world was strained. Great Empires have been overturned. The whole map of Europe has been changed. The position of countries has been violently altered. The modes of thought of men, the whole outlook on affairs, the grouping of parties, all have encountered violent and tremendous changes in the deluge of the world. But as the deluge subsides and the waters fall short, we see the dreary steeples of Fermanagh and Tyrone emerging once again. The integrity of their quarrel is one of the few institutions that has been unaltered in the cataclysm which has swept the world.
I think what he is saying here is that even though so much has changed world wide, there was still the old quarrel in Northern Ireland. I doubt if he meant a quarrel in Tyrone and Fermanagh specifically. (The Omagh-Enniskillen hospital siting issue was too recent for that :) )
 

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So what's Ballymena got to do with the "dreary spires of Fermanagh and Tyrone"?
Factual's knowledge of NI geography isn't Great .
She tells me she's been across the border though .
 
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